NY Giants 2019 Mock Draft Runs

If you are not already aware of the site fanspeak.com, it is a cool site for NFL draft enthusiasts. For free you can run mock drafts for your team picking against other teams. I recently ran mock drafts for the Giants using each of the various 14 big board sources. I actually ran 15 drafts as I repeated one. Here are my results by round showing the player picked, the round, the number of times chosen and a gross percent to give an indication of amount chosen to compare to other players in that round.  The rounds were an average so that is why there is a round three even though the Giants do not have a pick in round three. The Giants pick at number six in the draft. Their major team needs are quarterback, offensive line, edge rusher and linebacker. This is followed by secondary, interior defensive line and wide receiver.

 

Round One, Pick 6

Best player available coincides with Giant team needs for an edge rusher or a tackle. If both were gone then Ed Oliver was too good to pass up on.

As reported by PFF Jonah Williams did not allow a single sack during the regular season and gave up only 9 pressures. He was a 2018 unanimous All American.

Josh Allen did not miss a game in his four year career. He swept the 2018 national defensive player of the year awards (Lott, Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik). That was accomplished only one other time since the inception of the Lott Impact Trophy in 2003.

Ed Oliver made All-AAC First Team for three consecutive years, the only 2018 AAC player to do so.

 

Round Two, Pick 37

Kyler Murray had the most 20+ yards passing plays in the FBS. For quarterbacks with 226+ passing attempts he had the second highest percentage of 20+ yard plays to attempts with 19.1%.

Jaylon Ferguson ranked first in sacks, sack yards and sacks per game. He was second in tackles for loss (TFL), TFL yards and TFLs per game. Ferguson was the 2018 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and made All C-USA First Team each of the last three seasons.

 

Round Three, No Pick

The Giants do not have a round three pick but these averaged out to round three.

Will Grier was second in passing yards per game, third in passer rating and fourth in passing yards per attempt. For quarterbacks with 12+ passing touchdowns Grier was second in touchdowns per game. Grier had the fourth most passing plays of 30+ yards, For  quarterbacks with 226+ passing attempts Grier had the fifth highest percentage of 30+ passing yard plays and third best among draft prospects.

Over the last two seasons Juan Thornhill has made the All-ACC team at safety (2018 First Team) and at cornerback (2017 Third Team). Thornhill came close to hitting market share thresholds of 6% solo tackle, 25% interception and 15% passes defended for each of the last three years. In 2016 and 2017 he made it but in 2018 missed only for passes defended with 11%.

 

Round Four, Picks 108, 132, 137

The Giants have three picks in round four.

Linebacker T.J Edwards made the 2017 AP All America Team. A four year starter he played in 53 games with 52 starts at inside linebacker. He is one of only eight players over the last ten years that had a career 10+ interceptions, 15+ passes defended ad 200+ solo tackles. He was the only one who played in 2018 that met that criteria.

Guard Ben Powers made the 2018 All Big-12 First Team and was a 2018 Consensus All American. He was one vote short of the five needed to be a unanimous All American. Powers did not give up a sack in 2018 and had allowed only one sack in 2016. He has been a three year starter at Oklahoma. Powers was one of five offensive linemen named as semi-finalists for the 2018 Outland Trophy.

Offensive Lineman Max Scharping has allowed one sack over the last three seasons. He accomplished that with 53 consecutive starts over the last four years. Scharping has made the All MAC First team each of the last three seasons. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons Pro Football Focus ranked him first in pass-blocking efficiency. That is a measure of pressures allowed versus snaps in pass protection. A 100 is a perfect clean slate in pass protection. Scharping had a 98.9 in 2016 and a 99.2 in 2017.

In 2018 Quarterback Brett Rypien made 49% of his passing third down attempts. That was second best among 25 top draft eligible quarterbacks and second only to Kyler Murray. His 14 passing plays of 40+ yards was tie for tenth in the FBS. Among draft eligible quarterbacks with 226+ passing attempts Rypien was eighth in percentage of attempts that went for 40+ yards. Pro Football Focus rated Rypien as the Mountain West best passer under pressure with a passer rating of 97.2.

 

Round Five, Picks 143, 144, 174

The Giants have three picks in round five.

Wide Receiver Preston Williams and Andy Isabella were the only two draft eligible receivers that had 2018 market share numbers above 31.3% reception market share, 35.9% receiving yardage market share and 42.3% touchdown market share. Williams is third in the nation in receptions (96) and receiving touchdowns (14). He is fourth in the nation in receiving yards (1,345). Williams is 2018 All-Mountain West First-Team. Half of his twelve games were 100+ receiving yard games. He was on the Colorado State track and field team. Williams made the 2017 All Mountain West team for the triple jump and was the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Men’s Field Athlete of the Week (2/21/17).

After a redshirt freshman season Safety Mike Edwards never missed a game in his four years playing at Kentucky. He played in 51 games and had 44 consecutive starts. Over the last four seasons only linebacker TJ Edwards and Safety Mike Edwards had a career 150+ solo tackles, 10+ interceptions and 15+ passes defended.

Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven was one of four finalists for the 2018 Lott Impact Trophy. He was 2018 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. Ben Burr-Kirven is number one in the nation in total tackles (165) and eighth in forced fumbles (4). His 85 solo tackles was fifth in the nation. Here is a query from sports-reference of college players that have had a minimum 90 solo tackles, 2 interceptions and 4 passes defended in a single season.

For running backs with 1,000+ yards Darrell Henderson had the second best average rushing yards (8.9) in 2017 and the best in 2018 (8.9). In 2018 he had the most rushing plays of 20+, 30+, 40+, 50+ and 60+ yards. He averaged 9.5 yards from scrimmage which was tie for second best among running backs.  Henderson had the second most touchdowns from scrimmage with 25 and second most rushing touchdowns with 22.

Quarterback Ryan Finley made 48.6% of his third down conversion attempts. Of the top 25 draft eligible quarterbacks examined that was second best topped only by Kyler Murray.  Finley excels in the intermediate passing game and had the fifth most passing plays in the FBS for 10+ and 20+ yards.

Guard Beau Benzschawel was All Big-10 First Team each of the last two seasons and was a 2018 Consensus All-American. He has made 49 consecutive starts. He is regarded as a people mover and a mauler in the run game playing with power. Benzschawel was part of a unit that led the Big Ten in rushing and ranked No. 6 nationally. He shared Wisconsin 2018 Offensive Player of the Year Award with fellow lineman Michael Deiter.

Offensive Lineman Martez Ivey made the All-Sec Second Team for each of the last three seasons. In the run game Ivey is said to be a mauler. Florida ranked in the top 15% in the nation in yards per rush attempt (5.3 yards) and the top 17% in rushing yards per game (215 yards).

 

Round Six, Pick 182

The Giants have one pick in round six.

Cornerback Montre Hartage made the  2018 All Big-Ten First Team (media) and Third Team (coaches). He is a three year starter at cornerback. Hartage is number nine in  passes defended among FBS active career leaders with 39 and tenth for interceptions with ten. For the combined 2016 and 2017 seasons quarterbacks had the third lowest passer rating (61.0) when targeting Hartage among secondary players as per Pro Football Focus. 

Linebacker Khalil Hodge was 2016 All-MAC Second Team and 2018 All-MAC First Team. Hodge was second in the nation in 2017 for total tackles. For the 2017 season Pro Football Focus had Khalil Hodge as the second best cover linebacker with a quarterback rating of 39.4 when quarterbacks targeted Hodge.

 

Round Seven, Picks 234, 247

The Giants have two picks in round seven.

Fullback Alec Ingold is a team captain and received the 2018 team Offensive Impact Player of the Year Award. In 2018 he had 26 rushing attempts, averaged 5.5 yds/attempt and had 6 rushing touchdowns. That amounts to a score every 4.3 times he touched the ball. He had another receiving touchdown and averaged 18.6 yards for his five receptions. He is a willing and capable blocker. Ingold helped block for running back Jonathan Taylor who was the only back to have over 2,000 yards rushing in 2018.

Cortez Broughton was 2016 All AAC Second Team and 2018 All AAC First Team. Broughton was selected to Pro Football Focus 2018 All AAC First Team , and per PFF – “Broughton turned a solid 2017 season into a massive 2018 campaign as he led AAC interior defensive linemen with 34 total QB pressures.” Broughton had 18 tackles for loss in 2018 which was the second most among defensive tackles.

 

Alliance of American Football

I watched three of the new televised Alliance of American Football games this past weekend on their kickoff. I liked the games and will definitely continue to follow. Here are some notes on the games.

  1. The game moves quickly. The commercial breaks are short. The play clock is only 35 seconds and from the end of the play. Whereas the NFL is 40 seconds.
  2. The view and commentary of the replay person gives a nice insight into replay decisions.
  3. The players are not bad. The stat they threw out was that 81% of players have been on an NFL contract.
  4. Maybe it was just this week but I noticed a lot less flags than in an NFL game.
  5. No kickoffs. Play commences at the 25 yard line. They do have punts.  I did not miss the kickoffs. I thought of how many kickoffs have penalties on them such as either holding or block in the back. These often negate any appreciable return.
  6. No extra point. The teams have to go for 2 point conversion. I like that a lot better. The extra points are almost a given. The two point adds a level of uncertainty.
  7. Lots of people miked up.  Sometimes nice insight especially when the coach is involved.  They have to work out audio problems as sometimes the mike up will interfere with commentary. Also you could not hear the official on calling the penalties.
  8. Nice to see women involved in football at the professional level. There are four women officials in the AAF. There are three women coaches in the AAF. Jen Welter is defensive specialist for the Atlanta Legends, Lori “Lo” Locust is Assistant Football Coach on Birmingham Iron and Jennifer King is assistant wide receiver coach on the Arizona Hotshots. The AAF founders are committed to pushing the boundaries when it comes to diversity within the sport. Hines Ward, who’s the head of football development for the league, was impressed with King’s knowledge of the game. “She knows her stuff, especially playing the wide receiver position.”
     
The quarterback play was pretty decent. The three I had seen that impressed me were:

QB John Wolford, Arizona Hotshots – Offensive Player of the week as he threw for 275 yards and four touchdowns. Wolford had an outstanding high school quarterback career. Unfortunately his college career did not go as well. He went undrafted and was signed by the Jets. The Jets cut him at the start of the season.

QB Logan Woodside, San Antonio Commanders – Had an good college quarterback career. In his last college year of 2017 he was third among active career leaders in passing efficiency (165.52), Completion Percentage (65.5%) and Passing Yards per Attempt (9.17).  However his smaller size and average arm kept teams away. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Bengals. He was waived at the start of the season, picked up by the Titans practice squad and released within a month.

QB Luis Perez, Birmingham Iron  – Perez was a walk-on at a community college with no quarterback experience. He said he wanted to be their quarterback. He started as the 9th quarterback on the depth chart. In two years he went on to a conference title. He transferred to Texas A&M Commerce where he went 24-3 as a starting quarterback.  In two years at Texas A&M he threw for 8,325 yards, 78 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 68% completion percentage.

Wolford & Woodside Stats

 

 

 

 

Also on Offense

WR Rashad Ross, Arizona Hotshots – Ross had five receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively

CB Jamar Summers, Birmingham Iron – He was all over the field hustling to make plays. He allowed only one catch for a loss of two yards and had one interception.

In general for the games I watched the offensive lines looked like they needed more practice. Even though the defense is only allowed to rush five players they still were able to pressure these quarterbacks a lot. Rushing more than five results in a 15 yard penalty.

It was entertaining football and it goes thru April. What more can you ask for! It will be interesting to see what players may be offered positions in the NFL. The word is that NFL teams will be scouting this league.

 

2019 NFL Draft All Production First Team

My take on a First Team of 2019 draft prospects based on their production. To qualify prospects had to reach certain team market share percentages for their position. Team market share is the prospects statistic such as receiving yards divided by the total team statistic like receiving yards. The thresholds used are at the end of the article as well as a spreadsheet of prospects that qualified. Generally the 2018 data was used. However for players that did not qualify based on 2018 data I tried to see if a prior year’s data would qualify them. Out of the players that qualified then other factors may have been considered to make the first team. It was not always the player with the highest market share.

Offense

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma, 5’10”, 195 lbs

Even at 5’10 and 195 lbs this guy can just play! Compared with the top quarterbacks in this draft class Murray is above average in every statistic that I looked at. He was the only one for which that was true. His 69% completion percentage was sixth in the NCAA. His 11.6 passing yards per attempt was number one in the NCAA. His 42 passing touchdowns was number three. His 199.2 passing efficiency rating was number two. He had an incredible TD to Interception ratio of 6.0. He rushed for an average 71.5 yards per game with a 7.15 yard average and 12 rushing touchdowns. His rushing average was 15th in the nation and the top quarterback. He made 50% of his 3rd down attempts which was tops among the 25 quarterbacks I looked at. Twenty eight percent of his attempts went for a big play. That also was tops among the quarterbacks examined with the next quarterback at twenty one percent.

The big knock on Murray is his size. However he plays with big players in college. The average size of his offensive line entering 2018 was 6’4″ and 314lbs. The average offensive lineman in the NFL in 2015 was 6’5″ and 312 pounds. The average college football player size for Defensive line is 6’3” and 270 lbs. In 2013 NFL Defensive Ends averaged 283 pounds and 6′ 4″. Defensive tackles averaged 6’3″ and 310 pounds. So Murray has played with comparably big players and he played the whole year not missing any game due to injury. Murray at 5’10 and 195 lbs is not far off from Russell Wilson‘s combine measurements of 5’11” and 204 lbs.

After being backup to Baker Mayfield in 2017 the following was a nice way to open the 2018 season as the starting quarterback showing off the arm strength with a nice anticipatory throw hitting the receiver in stride. Murray had an 82% completion ratio and a 301 passer rating in the opener.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis, 5’9″, 200lbs

“This man is an absolute monster,” tweeted Memphis legend DeAngelo Williams. For backs with 1,000+ yards Henderson had the second best average rushing yards (8.9) in 2017 and the best in 2018 (8.9). In 2018 he had the most rushing plays of 20+, 30+, 40+, 50+ and 60+ yards. He averaged 9.5 yards from scrimmage which was tie for second best among running backs. Henderson had the second most touchdowns from scrimmage with 25 and second most rushing touchdowns with 22. His 30% team market share on yards from scrimmage made him one of only five draft eligible backs to have 30% or better in 2018. As reported by Pro Football Focus Henderson had the most yards after contact (1,321) and averaged 6.17 yards after contact. No running back who carried the ball at least 61 times had a better average Yards after contact/attempt.

Here against Connecticut Henderson shows his elusiveness and speed. Going into the 2018 season Pro Football Focus had Henderson rated as the most elusive draft eligible back leading the next back by 16.5 points. In this game against UConn Henderson ran for 174 yards, a 12.4 average and three touchdowns.

Three missed tackles and turned on the burners.

Alec Ingold, FB, Wisconsin, 6’2″, 242 lbs

Alec Ingold is a team captain and received the 2018 team Offensive Impact Player of the Year Award. In 2018 he had 26 rushing attempts, averaged 5.5 yds/attempt and had 6 rushing touchdowns. That amounts to a score every 4.3 times he touched the ball. He had another receiving touchdown and averaged 18.6 yards for his five receptions. He had seven 3rd down rushing attempts of 1-6 yards to go and he made six of them. His one 4th down attempt he got 5 yards and the 1st down. Wisconsin has always valued their fullbacks and their versatility. This is what head coach Paul Chryst said about Ingold – “He is an effective short-yard runner, catches the ball well out of the backfield and could serve as an H-back if needed.” Ingold helped block for running back Jonathan Taylor who was the only back to have over 2,000 yards rushing in 2018. Ingold was selected for Wisconsin’s 2018 Big Ten Football Sportsmanship Award Honoree. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook called Ingold a “competitor.” “I love having him in the backfield because you know in those situations when we need something, we know he can do it—whether it’s a big block or if he gets the ball in his hands.”

Andy Isabella, WR, UMass, 5’10”, 190 lbs

Andy Isabella had the highest FBS receiver team market share in 2018 with 47.5%. The next closest receiver was 6% less. He was tie for the fourth most touchdowns among wide receivers with 13 receiving and one rushing. He was tie for the most receiving plays of 40+, 50+ and 60+ yards. Isabella is real fast. In his 2015 high school senior year Andy ran an official 6.8 second 60 meter dash which was second fastest in the nation that season. His speed combined with his work ethic, drive and passion have paid off in a hard to cover route runner. “He was one of the five hardest workers I’ve ever coached,” said former UMass head coach Mark Whipple, who’s been around as a head coach or assistant since 1980. At the Reese Senior Bowl Isabella was named the North’s Most Outstanding Player with a game-high seven receptions for 74 yards and a score. Here he is during a practice drill.

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State, 6’6″, 225 lbs

Butler had the second highest 2018 receiver yards market share with 42%. He averaged 22 yards per reception which was third in the FBS. He had 60 receptions and was tops in average yards for receivers with over 35 receptions. Butler was tie for second in the FBS for receptions of 20+ and 30+ yards. He was tie for third in receptions of 40+ and 50+ yards. Butler is a big physical receiver with a large catch radius. He excels in contested catches and yards after the catch. “I think Hakeem, bar none, is one of the most athletically talented guys I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach at the wide receiver position,” – Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell.

Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M, 6’4″, 250 lbs

Sternberger had the most receiving touchdowns among FBS tight ends and was second in receiving yards. Good hands catcher and physical after the catch breaking tackles to get extra yards. Jace will haul in contested catches and plays with a physical toughness. A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher said Sternberger has the work ethic of a true old school football player. “Once you get a hold of him, I mean he’s so fun to coach in practice and like I said he should have played in 1955…, He doesn’t have a slowdown button and he loves the game.” -Fisher.

Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama, 6’5″, 301 lbs

Williams was All-SEC First Team the last two seasons and a 2018 Unanimous All-American. Williams was one of seven finalists for the 2018 Lombardi Award. The Lombardi award goes to the best college football player, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency. He was Pro Football Focus top graded tackle. As reported by Pro Football Focus Williams did not give up a sack in 2018 and only allowed 10 pressures on 410 attempts.

Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State, 6’5″, 300lbs

Risner was All Big-12 First Team each of the last three seasons and was a four year starter at Kansas State. At the Senior Bowl he stonewalled Montez Sweat and Jaylon Ferguson. Both are considered to be top talent edge rushers. As reported by Pro Football Focus on 373 pass blocking snaps Risner has given up zero sacks and only four pressures. Per PFF, Risner allowed only 28 pressures on 1,489 pass-blocking snaps in his college career.

Max Scharping, OL, Northern Illinois, 6’6″, 320 lbs

Scharping was All MAC First Team each of the last three seasons. Scharping has had 53 consecutive starts over the last four years. He has allowed one sack over the last three seasons. Pro Football Focus takes the amount of snaps a player spent in pass protection against the amount of pressures he allows to create a pass-blocking efficiency figure with a maximum value of 100.0 for a perfect, clean slate of pass protection. Max Scharping ranked third in pass-blocking efficiency in 2015 (97.1), first in PBE in 2016 (98.9) and first again in 2017 (99.2). He is consistent, reliable, versatile and successful. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com listed Scharping as one of a group of top performers at the Jan. 22 Senior Bowl practice

Beau Benzschawel, OL, Wisconsin, 6’6, 315 lbs

Beau was All Big-10 First Team each of the last two seasons and was a 2018 Consensus All-American. He has made 49 consecutive starts. He is regarded as a people mover and a mauler in the run game playing with power. Benzschawel was part of a unit that led the Big Ten in rushing and ranked No. 6 nationally. He shared Wisconsin 2018 Offensive Player of the Year Award with fellow lineman Michael Deiter.

John Keenoy, OC, Western Michigan, 6’2″, 282 lbs

Keenoy was 2018 All Mac Second Team, 2017 All Mac First Team and 2016 All Mac Second Team. He has been a three year starter at western Michigan. Going into the 2018 season Pro Football Focus had Keenoy as tied for the second best pass-blocking center from 2017. He allowed just two pressures on 329 pass-protection snaps in 2017 and only seven over 2016 and 2017. Keenoy had not allowed a sack in 2016 and 2017.

Defense

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston, 6’3″, 292 lbs

Oliver was All AAC First Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was 2017 AAC Defensive Player of the Year and a Consensus All American in 2017 and 2018. He makes this all-production team based on his 2017 statistics. This is due to the fact that his 2018 numbers would not have qualified for solo tackles and sacks. However he did miss four games in 2018 due to injury. As reported by Pro Football Focus, Oliver was top five in run defense grade each of the last three seasons. Oliver is praised for a strong work ethic and a relentless motor.

Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati, 6’2″, 290 lbs

Cortez was 2016 All AAC Second Team and 2018 All AAC First Team. Broughton was selected to Pro Football Focus 2018 All AAC First Team , and per PFF – “Broughton turned a solid 2017 season into a massive 2018 campaign as he led AAC interior defensive linemen with 34 total QB pressures.” Broughton had 18 tackles for loss in 2018 which was the second most among defensive tackles. Cortez had a 7.2% team market share of solo tackles which is a good number for a defensive tackle. He is the new style of DT a smaller, fast DT with great burst off the ball. Broughton achieved praise for his week at the East West Shrine Game. Real GM’s Jeff Risdon: “Watching East DL doing footwork and bag drills. Cincinnati DT Cortez Broughton is thriving, great feet for a big guy.” NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah also listed Broughton as a standout player to watch.

Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky, 6’5″, 260 lbs

Allen had high market share numbers for the defensive line position. He had the highest solo tackle market share among defensive linemen meeting the production threshold with 56 solo tackles for an 11.5% market share. For sacks his market share of 44.7% with 17 sacks was second best. He was one of only three draft eligible defensive linemen that was above average in all categories (sacks, solo tackles, TFLs) among the production group meeting the threshold. For his accomplishments he took home the hardware in 2018 winning the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Ronnie Lott Trophy and was selected as an unanimous Consensus All American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Allen has come a long way from a picked on 130 lb high school freshman receiver to a top ten draft pick.

Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, Louisiana Tech, 6’5″, 262 lbs

Ferguson was also one of three draft eligible defensive linemen that was above average in market share in all three categories (sacks, TFLs and solo tackles). His 26 tackles for loss was good for a 26% market share and second best among the productive defensive linemen. Ferguson was the 2018 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. After making 2015 All-USA Conference Honorable Mention his freshman year, Jaylon made C-USA First Team each of the next three seasons. Ferguson has a great work ethic. “It was all about the work, Study more film. Critique myself harder than anybody else. Work harder than everybody. Push everybody around me because the strength of the wolf is the pack. We are only as strong as our weakest link.” – Ferguson. He uses his hands well to shed blocks as shown in the clip below.

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Devin White, LB, LSU, 6’1″, 240 lbs

White was a 2017 and 2018 All Sec Conference First Team. He was a 2018 Consensus All American and one vote short of an unanimous All American. White won the 2018 Dick Butkus Award. As reported by nfl.com, White is a voracious student of the game always looking to improve. He has great range and speed playing sideline to sideline to go with hard hitting.

Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington, 6’0″, 221 lbs

Ben was 2017 All Pac-12 Second Team and 2018 All Pac-12 First Team as well as 2018 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. His 94 solo tackles was second in the nation and earned second among the productive linebackers team market share with a 18%. Here is a query from sports-reference of college players that have had a minimum 90 solo tackles, 2 interceptions and 4 passes defended in a single season. Ben had similar stats to two current Pro Bowl linebackers.

Linebackers since 2000 with similar stats
Linebackers since 2000 with similar stats

T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin, 6’1″, 242 lbs

TJ Edwards leads all active linebackers in career interceptions with ten and is ninth among all active players. Edwards was 2017 All Big-10 First Team and 2018 Second Team. Among the top linebackers in 2018 by solo tackles, Edwards was one of only three that ranked above average in four or more of five market share categories – solo tackles (15.2%), TFL (18.5%), sacks (16.7%) and interceptions (21.4%). In high school Edwards only played three games on defense. After a redshirt freshman season at Wisconsin, he became a starting linebacker and has started the last four years. He has strong work ethic and watches hours of film.

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington, 5’11”, 182 lbs

Byron Murphy was on the 2018 All Pac-12 First Team. He was the only cornerback in the group of market share high production DBs that ranked above average in market share for both interceptions and passes defended. murphy has a high football IQ and reads/anticipates plays well. He has ball hawking skills. In high school he was an All-American high school receiver and also a finalist for an award for the top defensive back in high school football. He displays meanness and physicality in playing the run. Fellow teammate linebacker Keishawn Bierria said his work ethic is insane.

Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame, 5’11”, 193 lbs

Over his three years at Notre Dame Julian has 44 passes defended which is tie for second for career passes defended among active players. All others in the top five were all seniors with Julian being the only junior. He makes the all productive list based n his 2017 season due to having only one interception in 2018. His 2017 twenty passes defended was good for a 38.5% team market share which was tops in the all productive group by 7%. Love was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. He is a three year starter after earning the starting role for the final eight games as a true freshman. Love is recognized for his football IQ, and cover/ball skills.

Juan Thornhill, SAF, Virginia, 6’0″, 210 lbs

Thornhill was 2017 All-ACC Third Team and 2018 All-ACC First Team. A three year starter at Virginia. Juan has played both cornerback and safety and made All-ACC at both positions. Among active FBS players Juan is tie for the most interceptions with 13. In the group of productive safeties Juan has the second best solo tackle market share (10.7%) and the top pass defended market share (31.6%). Juan made the list based on his 2017 performance as his 2018 passes defended market share was not high enough. According to Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall, Juan plays with emotion and passion. Juan made SportsCenter as a high school basketball player due to his dunking prowess.

Nasir Adderley, SAF, Delaware, 6’0″, 200 lbs

Adderley played both cornerback and safety at Delaware. For his 2016 season at cornerback Adderley earned third team All-CAA honors. The next season he was first-team All-CAA. Adderly was a second-team AP FCS All-American and first-team all-conference player in 2018. In 2018 he was the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week for returning a kickoff for a touchdown in October. He is reported to have a great work ethic and plays with intensity.

Special Teams

Cole Tracy, K, LSU, 5’11”, 188 lbs

Cole Tracy made the 2018 All-SEC First Team. He was 11th in the nation in Field Goal Percentage (87.9%) and had the second most attempts. He was one of three finalists for the 2018 Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. He was perfect on 42 point after attempts. Tracy was a graduate transfer to LSU from Division II Assumption College. For his college career Tracy is second among active players across all divisions for career points scored with 502. Cole is known for making clutch kicks like his 42 yarder on the final play to beat Auburn 22-21. He is said to be calm and has been called “Ice” Cole.

Jack Fox, P, Rice, 6’2″, 224 lbs

Jack Fox was 2016 All C-USA Honorable Mention, 2017 C-USA Second Team and 2018 All C-USA First Team. He was the 2018 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year. He led C-USA in punting for the second consecutive year, finishing with a career-best 45.5 average. Fox’s average was second best in the nation among punters with at least 60 punts in the regular season and ranked 8th nationally among all punters. He topped the FBS with 3,636 punting yards in the regular season, which also set a school record. Fox had 26 punts of 50 yards or longer and he placed 31 punts inside the 20-yard line, both top figures in the conference. He had at least one 50+ punt in 12 of 13 games this season and is third in the nation with 13 punts inside the 10-yard line. Fox was one of 10 semifinalists for the 2018 Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter.

Dan Godsil, LS, Indiana, 6’4″, 230 lbs

Dan Godsil made Phil Steele’s Preseason All-American First Team. Dan has started 50 games and has been the team’s long snapper in every game since he arrived at Indiana. Dan is fast, accurate,, big and athletic. All traits that you like to see in a long snapper. Here he long snaps a ball into a trash can. He said it took about five tries.

The Data

Attached is the data for all players that met the following market share production thresholds.

RB 25% yards from scrimmage
WR 30% receiving yards
TE 15% receiving yards
DL 6% solo tackles, 15% TFL, 25% sacks (20% DTs)
LB 11.5% solo tackle
DB 6% solo tackle, 25% interception, 15% passes defended

The thresholds for market share were based on work done at draftcobern.

For quarterbacks and offensive line I used:

QB – positive sum std deviation on situational stats (3rd down conversion %, red zone TDs % and Big Play %)
OL and ST – All Conference Teams made

All players listed in the spreadsheet meet the criteria and there are many good players listed. For the quarterbacks I have the one QB sheet of ones that met my criteria but also included a sheet on all the quarterbacks for which I looked at situational data.

Here is the data prospects by production.

2019 Draft Prospects Part II – NFLPA Game Players

This is Part 2 of the series looking at 2019 Draft Prospects. Part One 2019 Draft Prospects Part I – Shrine Game Players highlighted Shrine Game players that meet a specified college productivity minimum. The minimum criteria explained in that post is shown here in the following table. (MS stands for team Market Share).

Position Metrics
Quarterback 3rd Down Conversion %,
Red Zone TD %,
Big Play %
(Sum Std Dev above avg)
Running Back Yards from Scrimmage MS (25%)
Receivers Receiving Yards MS (WR 30%, TE 15%)
Offensive Line All Conference Selection
Defensive Line Solo Tackle MS (6%),
TFL MS (15%),
Sack MS (25%)
Linebackers Solo Tackle MS (11%)
Defensive Backs Solo Tackle MS (6%),
Int MS (25%),
PD MS (15%)
Kickers All Conference Selection

This part will highlight the NFLPA players that meet the criteria.

NFLPA Game

Quarterback

Jake Browning – Washington – QB

Jake Browning was the 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and made the 2016 All Pac-12 First Team. In addition he was 2017 and 2018 All Pac-12 Honorable Mention. He checks all seven of Bill Parcells’ rules for drafting a quarterback.

Washington ranks 108th of the 130 FBS teams in Passing Play Percentage (39.8%). So it is understandable that Jake Browning ranks second to last in the group of 25 quarterbacks examined in passing attempts with 334. However Browning ranks second in the group in Big Play Percentage with 20.7% of his attempts going for a big play. On passing attempts alone that percentage goes up to 23.65%. In the group Browning has the ninth most passing big plays. Browning also excelled in making 3rd downs where he comes in 4th in the group making 43.5% of his third down attempts. He is fourth in rushing 3rd down attempts making 50% on the seventh most rush attempts (34). In passing in the red zone he was tie at eighth for touchdown percentage getting a touchdown on 29.3% of attempts.

Browning was in the top five in the Pac-12 in passer rating each of the last three seasons. He was first in 2016 and 2017. Browning was in the top three in the Pac-12 in passing yards per attempt each of the last three seasons. Jake has a 75% career win percentage at Washington and has started 52 games over four years. He has more victories than any other player in Pac-12 Conference history. Browning holds the Washington passing touchdowns records for career, single season and single game. Jake Browning has a career passer rating of 151.9. That is seventh best among college quarterbacks over the last five years that passed for over 10,000 yards.

In Washington’s win over Oregon State in 2018 Browning had a 73.9% completion percentage, threw for 242 yards, three touchdowns and had a passer rating of 205. Here he throws a beautiful fade on 2nd and goal.

via Gfycat

Running Back

Nico Evans – Wyoming – RB

Nico Evans was 2018 All-Mountain West First Team. His 1,391 yards from scrimmage in 2018 was 34% of his team market share. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry (ypc) on the year and averaged less than 4.9 ypc in only one of his 10 games. He had eight rushing touchdowns and one receiving. Evans had at least one rushing touchdown in 70% of his games. He had 53 missed tackles on his carries in 2018. Here he shows his one cut in his touchdown run in week 10 in which he rushed for 187 yards and averaged 5.67 yards. In the NFLPA Bowl Game Evans had two rushes for 17 yards.

Lexington Thomas – UNLV – RB

Thomas was a 2017 All-Mountain West First Team and a 2018 All-Mountain West Second Team. Lexington hit the 25% threshold market share for each of his last two seasons with a 29% followed by 26%. He gives his all on the field to break a big play. He was tied for fifth in the nation in 2018 of rushing plays of 60+ yards with three. In 2017 he was sixth on plays of 50+ yards with six. Thomas is UNLV’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 40.

Wes Hills – Slippery Rock – RB

Wes Hills was named MVP at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.  Hills played in 2018 for Division II school Slippery Rock. Before that he played two years at Division I Delaware. He was named to the 2018 AP Division II All America Team. In 2018 at Slippery Rock Hills rushed for 1,714 yards at an average of 7.0 yards per carry. Hills had 1,907 yards from scrimmage in 2018 which was 29.7% team market share. He was called up to the Reese Senior Bowl based on his performance in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Hills has been a team captain two years at Delaware and also his year at Slippery Rock. Here are highlights of  Hills as he runs for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries versus Gannon on 11/3/18.

Wide Receiver

Trevon Brown – ECU – WR

Brown was 2017 All American Conference Second Team and 2018 All Conference First Team. Brown has a strong work ethic as he strives for greatness and has never missed a day of practice his senior year.  Trevon Brown had nine touchdowns in 2018 which accounted for 29% of the team offensive touchdowns and 50% of the team passing touchdowns. His 14 receptions of 25+ yards accounted for 47% of the team’s 25+ yard  receptions.

Steven Sims Jr. – Kansas – WR

Steve Sims was 2016 and 2017 All Big-12 Conference Honorable Mention. Sims has made the Kansas record books for career receptions (214 – 3rd), career receiving yards (2,582 – 2nd) and career receiving touchdowns (19 – 2nd). In 2018 he had a career high 10 receptions against Oklahoma State. In that game he also gained 21 yards on an end around and had one touchdown. “He’ll make you miss. He’ll score. He has strong hands, he catches, he makes the tough catches in traffic. And he’s fearless and he’s explosive. And he can make you miss.” – Kansas Offensive Coordinator Doug Meacham. Sims had a good practice at the NFLPA Bowl which included a big Day 1 performance of several deep ball catches which commanded the respect of defenders.

Steven Sims Game 4 2017 – 6 receptions, 96 yds, 1 TD.

Tight End

David Lucero – UTEP – TE

A 2018 Conference USA Honorable Mention. Lucero caught 15% of his team’s passing yards. Of his 20 receptions in 2018 thirty percent were for 15+ yards and fifty percent were for first down. His long reception went for 88 yards. Lucero is reported to have had a good week at the NFLPA Bowl and had three receptions for 25 yards in the game.

Keenen Brown – Texas State – TE

Keenan Brown was 2018 All-Sun Belt First Team. He had 577 receiving yards for an amazing 26% team market share. That is quite high for a tight end as the threshold for long term starter tight end is 15%. Keenan Brown made the Pro Football Focus All American First Team. Brown will rin over you – per Pro Football Focus -“No tight end had the success Brown did after the catch this year as he more than doubled the next closest tight end with 24 missed tackles.”

Offensive Tackle

Calvin Anderson – Texas – OT

A three year All Conference Honorable Mention. Started all 36 games he has played in his college career mostly at left tackle. Before becoming a graduate transfer to Texas, at Rice he is credited with 26 knockdowns and five pancake blocks. Can solve a rubics cube behind his back.

Joe Lowery – Ohio – OT

Selected by Pro Football Focus as their MAC player of the year and All American Second Team. He was their third highest graded offensive tackle in the nation. Lowery led the nation’s tackles in PFF run-blocking grade and in pass protection he allowed just nine total QB pressures on 334 snaps. He was conference 2017 All MAC Second Team and 2018 All MAC First team.

Justice Powers – UAB – OT

Justice Powers is a 2018 All C-USA First Team selection.  Powers started every game at right tackle for his two years at UAB. He blocked for a UAB offense that had at least 200 yards rushing in nine games and that set the school record for rushing touchdowns with 32.

Edge

Anree Saint-Amour – Georgia Tech – DE

One of Anree’s strengths is his strength. He has squat 500 lbs and bench pressed 435 lbs. His strength-and-conditioning coach John Sisk -“I’ve never seen him fail at (lifting) any weight he’s done, like, ever”. He won ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week in week nine. He had nine tackles, three quarterback hurries and a game clinching interception. Anree met the minimum criteria for defensive end and far exceeded the tackle for loss criteria with 12 on the year for a 22% team market share.

Linebacker

A.J. Hotchkins – UTEP – LB

AJ Hotchkins made the 2018 All C-USA Second Team. In 2018 not only did Hotchkins meet the linebacker market share criteria with 12%, he also met the defensive line criteria. He excelled in sacks getting seven for the year at a team market share of 35%. Hotchkins led Conference USA in total tackles with 126. Head coach Dana Dimel: “It helps the way he shows up and practices like he does, In the film room, on the practice field every day, it’s important to him. It shows our younger players what it means.” Hotchkins: “The biggest thing is effort, It’s coming out to practice every day, putting in the effort every day. I’m not a really big vocal guy; I lead by example. It’s about competing every snap; make sure you’re focused on every snap.” Hotchkins had double digit tackles in seven of his twelve games.

Jordan Kunaszyk – California – LB

Kunaszyk was 2018 All Pac-12 First Team. Kunaszyk was one of eight national semifinalists for the Lott Impact Trophy.  He had a whopping 92 solo tackles which was third in the nation and good for an amazing 16.6% solo tackle team market share. Compared to last year’s linebackers that matches up with Leighton Vander Esch (16.2%) and Roquan Smith (16.3%). Kunaszyk was also second in the nation in forced fumbles with 5 and his 143 total tackles was fifth in the nation. Kunaszyk is a film room junkie that loves football and his team. He lives and breathes football doing all that he can to be the best and help his team win. “He’s built to play the position, in a lot of ways — physically, mentally, He’s a physical guy, he loves contact, he’s into the game. I think everything, the preparation part, meetings, he’s always up watching extra tape. The way he prepares his body, he’s a football player, through and through.” – head coach Justin Wilcox.


Peyton Pelluer – Washington State – LB

Pelluer was a 2015, 2016 and 2018 All Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Pelluer received a sixth year of eligibility in 2017 after breaking his foot in his redshirt senior season. He came back to a career year and was nominated to the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the year award. Pelluer has played in a WSU record 54 games, 47 as a starter. Pelluer was named 2018 Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP after making game-high 11 tackles with 1.5 for loss including one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in a win over Iowa State. “He loves football, he’s dedicated and he’s a big film guy” – WSU head coach Mike Leach.

E.J. Ejiya – North Texas – LB

Ejiya was a 2017 All C-USA Honorable Mention and a 2018 All C-USA First Team. Not only did Ejiya meet the Linebacker market share threshold with 12.9% but he also met the defensive line thresholds with 26% sack market share and a whopping 26% tackle for loss market share on 25.5 TFLs. His 26 tackles for loss was third in the nation. In week three he made the PFF Team of the Week for his game against Arkansas where he “produced as a pass-rusher (5 total QB pressures), as a run-defender (3 run stops) and in coverage (1 reception, 3 yards allowed).” Recognized by teammate  linebacker Brandon Garner – “E.J. can definitely make it in the NFL, He has the size and speed and gives great effort on every play. That kind of effort is something not everyone gives.”

Malik Reed – Nevada – LB/DE

Reed was 2016 All Mountain West Second Team and All MWC First Team in 2017 and 2018. He is a 2018 Senior Class Award candidate. He makes the cut here for his 2016 sophomore season as an edge rusher. That year he had five sacks for a whopping 38.5% team market share. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic listed Nevada LB Malik Reed among his “freaks” for the 2018 season. Malik was able to power-clean 357 pounds and deadlift 672 pounds. Malik has an outstanding work ethic. He is usually first in and last to go for practices.  His sophomore year he started all 12 games, was named the team’s outstanding defensive player and earned the team’s defensive full speed effort award. His junior year he started all 12 games and was given Nevada’s Hustle Award for his efforts on defense. His senior year he received the Captains Award and was co-Team MVP (Golden Helmet Award).

Cornerback

Nate Brooks – North Texas – CB

Nate Brooks was 2016 All C-USA Honorable Mention and 2018 All C-USA Second Team. His 2018 stats were well over the defensive back thresholds for market share in all categories. He had 48 solo tackles (10%), six interceptions (33%) and 10 passes defended (20%). Nate was one of fourteen semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. He is a four year starter at North Texas.  Nate was a Pro Football Focus 2018 Second Team All Conference USA.  Nate is in a seven player tie for third place in the nation for interceptions in 2018 with six interceptions.  Twice during North Texas career was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week including a two interception, six tackle and one pass breakup game in 2018.  Defensively North Texas is in the top 17% of teams nationwide for opponent pass completion and opponent passer rating. Brooks had an interception in the NFLPA game.

Kemon Hall – North Texas – CB

Hall made Conference USA 2018 first Team, as well as Pro Football Focus All-Conference USA Team of the Year First Team. Hall is tie for first nationally for interceptions returned for a touchdown with two in 2018. He is in a six way tie for tenth in the nation with five interceptions in 2018.

Kicker/Punter

Justin Yoon – Notre Dame – K

Justin Yoon was on Phil Steele’s 2016 All Independent Conference First Team,  2017 Second Team and 2018 First Team.  In 2017 Yoon was perfect on 55 extra point attempts. In 2015 he was sixth in the nation on field goal percentage with 88.2%. Yoon has a strong work ethic. He had never seen a football game until he was a teenager. He credits his transition from football novice to a Notre Dame kicker to his practice.  “I’ve kicked, I don’t know, 10,000 balls,” – Yoon.

Tyler Newsome – Notre Dame – P

Newsome was on Phil Steele’s All Independent 2016 Second Team and 2018 First team. He has been first in the Independent Conference in punting yards per punt each of his  four year Notre Dame career. His career average on punts is 44 yards. His 2018 average of 44.6 yards was 15th in the nation. Newsome is a  team captain. He is recognized by coaches and teammates over the four years as having a tremendous work ethic.

 

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East Offense

54  Alec Eberle – Florida State – OC

A 2018 Senior Class Award candidate. Eberle has persevered through major injuries while starting 44 consecutive games at center. He has started every game since his first start in the last six games as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He was a 2016 All ACC Team Honorable Mention and a 2018 All ACC Second Team.

55 Lamont Gaillard – Georgia – OC

2018 All-SEC Coaches First Team. Started 29 consecutive games at center since moved to center to start the 21017 season. Georgia was graded as the best offensive line in the nation six weeks into the 2018 season by Pro Football Focus. They graded the unit as the number one run blocking grade. ESPN analyst Cole Cubelic had Gaillard as the top returning center in the SEC entering the 2018 season.  “He plays his ass off, consistently finishes, never leaves his teammates out to dry and for me he is a joy to watch.” – Cole Cubelic.

53 Tyler Jones – NC State – OG

2018 All-ACC First Team. Played 98% of the team’s offensive snaps in 2016 and 2017 and 93% in 2018. In 2017 he allowed just 14 pressures which wsa tied for fewest among returning ACC tackles.  In 2017, NC State finished tied for No. 1 in the country at 0.2 QB pressure percentage, per PFF_College. Ryan Finley was hit just 24 times on 529 dropbacks.

65 Bunchy Stallings – Kentucky – OG

2018 All-Sec Coaches First Team. Stallings was selected to the ESPN 2018 mid-season All-America team. “He has been a road-grader for the Wildcats. ” Stallings was named 1st Team All American by The Athletic and only allowed 1.5 sacks. Stallings is said to be a mauler in the run game and helped contribute to running back Benny Snell breaking 1,000 yards rushing each of the last three seasons.

73 Martez Ivey – Florida – OT

Ivey made the All-Sec Second Team for each of the last three seasons. The Gators as a whole allowed just 18 sacks which ranked third in the conference.  At 1.5 sacks allowed per game Florida ranked in the top 20% in the nation. In the run game Ivey is said to be a mauler. Florida ranked in the top 15% in the nation in yards per rush attempt (5.3 yards) and the top 17% in rushing yards per game (215 yards). Martez Ivey was named the permanent Team Captain of the 2018 Gators. He is praised for his work ethic and leadership.

78 Tyree St. Louis – Miami – OT

Started 34 consecutive games since his sophomore start in 2016. Tyree earned 2018 All-ACC Honorable Mention. He has played both right and left tackle. “Whether in run or pass sets, the senior plays with impeccable power. He showcases this trait with finishing ability and devastating blocks in both facets of the game. ” – reported by cover1.net.

14 Taylor Cornelius – Oklahoma State – QB

One of two quarterbacks chosen for the 2018 All Big-12 team Honorable Mention. Cornelius was third in the nation in passing plays of 10+ yards and fourth in 20+ passing plays. Twenty percent of his plays went for big plays. Among 22 quarterbacks looked at Cornelius was fourth in his percentage of big plays. Cornelius is a big quarterback at 6’6″ and 232 lbs he would be among the biggest quarterbacks in the NFL.

24 Ty Johnson – Maryland – RB

In 2016 Johnson had 1,210 yards from scrimmage which was 25% of his team’s total yards. His 1,004 rushing yards that season averaged 9.13 yards per attempt which was second in the nation. Johnson’s career 7.6 yards per attempt was third in the FBS active career leaders in 2018.  A 2017 media All Big Ten Honorable Mention. An electric player with good character and a strong work ethic. He’s big and and tough at 212 pounds and nearly six-foot.

87 CJ Conrad – Kentucky – TE

Conrad’s 318 receiving yards in 2108 was 15% of the team’s passing yards which is a threshold for productive tight ends. He is highly rated blocker and helped block for running back Benny Snell who has had three 1,000+ yard seasons. As reported by Pro Football Focus, Conrad had 12.0 yards after the catch per reception in 2017. That was the highest among draft eligible tight ends with a minimum 12 receptions.

West Defense

14 Donnie Lewis – Tulane – CB

Donnie Lewis leads FBS active career leaders in passes defended with 49. He was a 2018 AAC All Conference Second Team and a 2017 AAC Honorable Mention.  In 2018 his 15 passes defended was eighth in the nation. He is said to be a tough corner that stays in his man’s pocket. He is a hard-working, athletic, smart player that enjoys practice.

23 Jordan Wyatt – SMU – CB

Wyatt is a 2018 Senior Class Award candidate. He was a four year starter at SMU and made the 2017 All AAC Honorable Mention. Wyatt has a great work ethic according to head coach Sonny Dykes. He was team captain in 2017. “For him one of the things that stands out is the turning plays he makes. A lot of forced fumbles, where he has a knack for the ball. He’s a ball magnet,” –  CBS Sports NFL draft analyst Corey Chavous. Wyatt had five defensive touchdowns in his career which is an SMU career record. He is the sixth player in FBS history to have return a fumble and interception for touchdowns in the same game.

31 Montre Hartage – Northwestern – CB

Hartage made the  2018 All Big-Ten First Team (media) and Third Team (coaches).

96 Daniel Wise – Kansas – DT

21 Cody Barton – Utah – LB

29 Joe Dineen – Kansas – LB

45 Chris Peace – Virginia – DE/LB

82 Jack Fox – Rice – P

West Offense

15 John Baron – SDSU – K

52 John Keenoy – Western Michigan – OC

72 Lanard Bonner – Arkansas State – OG

74 Oshea Dugas – Louisianna Tech – OG

70 Jackson Barton – Utah – OT

77 Ryan Pope – SDSU – OT

4 Brett Rypien – Boise State – QB

6 Marcus McMaryion – CSU Fresno – QB

2 KeeSean Johnson – CSU Fresno – WR

25 Cody Thompson – Toledo – WR

East Defense

90 Michael Dogbe – Temple – DT

91 Jordan Brailford – Oklahoma State – DE

96 Cortez Broughton – Cincinnati – DT

40 Khalil Hodge – Buffalo – LB

42 Sione Takitaki – BYU – LB

44 Tre Watson – Maryland – LB

45 Ulysees Gilbert III – Akron – LB

51 Cole Holcomb – North Carolina – LB

22 Saquan Hampton – Rutgers – SAF

23 Lukas Denis – Boston College – SAF

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American Offense

Calvin Anderson – Texas – OT

A three year All Conference Honorable Mention. Started all 36 games he has played in his college career mostly at left tackle. Before becoming a graduate transfer to Texas, at Rice he is credited with 26 knockdowns and five pancake blocks. Can solve a rubics cube behind his back.

Joe Lowery – Ohio – OT

Selected by Pro Football Focus as their MAC player of the year and All American Second Team. He was their third highest graded offensive tackle in the nation. Lowery led the nation’s tackles in PFF run-blocking grade and in pass protection he allowed just nine total QB pressures on 334 snaps. He was conference 2017 All MAC Second Team and 2018 All MAC First team.

Justice Powers – UAB – OT

Justice Powers is a 2018 All C-USA First Team selection.  Powers started every game at right tackle for his two years at UAB. He blocked for a UAB offense that had at least 200 yards rushing in nine games in 2018 and that set the school record for rushing touchdowns with 32.

David Lucero – UTEP – TE

A 2018 Conference USA Honorable Mention. Lucero caught 15% of his team’s passing yards. Of his 20 receptions in 2018 thirty percent were for 15+ yards and fifty percent were for first down. His long reception went for 88 yards.

Trevon Brown – ECU – WR

 

National Defense

AJ Hotchkins – UTEP – LB

Jordan Kunaszyk – California – LB

Peyton Pelluer – Washington State – LB

National Offense

Jake Browning – Washington – QB

Nico Evans – Wyoming – RB

Lexington Thomas – UNLV – RB

Keenen Brown – Texas State – TE

Steven Sims – Kansas – WR

Justin Yoon – Notre Dame – K

Tyler Newsome – Notre Dame – P

American Defense

Nate Brooks – North Texas – CB

Kemon Hall – North Texas – CB

Anree Saint-Armour – Georgia Tech – DE

E.J. Ejiya – North Texas – LB

Malik Reed – Nevada – DE/LB

2018 Senior Class Award candidate.